Amdist fanfare and in the presence of state BJP leaders and party supporters, BJP candidate M V Ravishankar filed his nomination on Wednesday from the South Graduates’ Constituency for MLC polls at the Regional Commissioner’s Office on Hunsur Road, here. Opposition leader in the Legislative Council K S Eshwarappa, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha, former minister S Suresh, MLA C T Ravi, former former minister S A Ramadas, former minister M Shivanna and others were present.
Anticipating victory in the MLC elections, Ravishankar said that though there is a tough competition between BJP, JD(S) and Congress candidates, majority of the voters who are in the teaching progression will support BJP as the Congress government had failed to address teachers’ issues. He said, voters in the South Graduates’ Constituency were more vigilant and concerned about the national issues as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated progressive steps for overall development of the country.
“By visiting four districts in the South Graduates’ Constituency that is Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajnagar, I can address the problems of graduates and will focus on implementation of developmental works for ensuring employment if I am elected,” asserted Ravishankar.
CM ENCOURAGING SAND MAFIA: KSE
Opposition leader in Legislative Council K S Eshwarappa alleged that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was encouraging sand mafia in his native district Mysuru and was not allowing the police to enforce law and order across the state.
Thousands of loads of illegal sand is being transported everyday from Mysuru and the government has failed to take action against illegal sand dealers. Instead of directing the police department to take action against illegal sand dealers, the government is imposing restrictions on top police officers to protect sand mafia, he alleged.
“Let the chief minister announce that there is no illegal sand mining undertaken in Mysuru and direct the police officers to take stringent action against sand mafia, if he has a genuine concern for his his native district. “Illegal sand mining is causing water scarcity leading and affecting farmers which are also one of major reasons for series of farmers’ suicides in the district.” The state government failed to utilise grants released by central government for drought management, he alleged. MP Prathap Simha, former minister S Suresh and former MLA Somshekar were present.